New Orleans, Our Cruise to No-where, continued.

The van driver said to eat at "Mother's" for good local fare.  At 11 A.M. there was already a line out the door.  A man, who looked like me, claimed to be a double of Elvis and showed a picture of his earlier days when he had hair.  He did look more like Elvis with hair.  He took orders for $8 Bloody Marys from those so interested and asked for tips.   We soon saw that the actual restaurant price was $6.50.  However, he sang bad impressions of Elvis and nobody seemed to complain.   Inside, we waited in another line for the steam table, and soon were dining on gumbo, collard greens and battered shrimp.  



Carnival's ship, Fantasy.


After lunch, we caught a cab to the nearby terminal and went through the formalities of boarding the ship.  As we were doing business at the counter, Pat casually picked up a flyer on the desk which explained that the ship had been hit by a tug pushing six barges early that morning as the Fantasy was docking in its Mississippi berth.  Some damage was sustained by the Fantasy, and it was expected that the cruise would depart a few hours late.  

We spent the afternoon exploring the ship and grabbed a light snack from the rear buffet.  The lifeboat drill was scheduled for 4 P.M., so as we were waiting for the call, the purser came on and announced that the damage was greater than initial estimates and that the cruise was to be cancelled.  We were invited to stay the night on the ship, but we needed to leave by noon the next day.  Carnival was to refund the money for the cruise and provide a 25% discount for a future cruise.  

I guess that years of flying standby have made Pat and me used to schedule changes.  We decided to make the best of it.  Pat enjoyed her complimentary filet mignon in the dining room, and I enjoyed the ribs and smoked salmon.  We caught the lively musical show than night, but then turned in early for our early get-up for the airport.  The flight home was as uneventful as flying gets these days.  And, that was it.



Utility boat inspecting the damage.  One can see the side of the ship pushed in and cut in the space between the boat and the ship.


A Mississippi tug pushing four barges.





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